Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. (KONAMI) is delighted to reveal that almost 10,000 Duelists took part in this year’s European Yu-Gi-Oh! National Championships, a record-breaking number for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) in Europe.


Today, Yu-Gi-OH is available across the globe with products distributed in more than 80 countries and in 9 languages.


The Numbers

9,935 Duelists competed in 20 national events across Europe, culminating in last weekend’s 2023 European World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The winner was Jessica Robinson from UK, she was crowned this year’s European Champion after a tensely thought victory in the finals.

They, along with six other top finishers from the European WCQ, have also earned qualification for the prestigious Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship (WCS) 2023, the grandest stage for the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game. They’ll be among the final 32 Duelists competing for the title of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Champion.

Qualifying Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelists for the WCS 2023 from the European WCQ

Champion:                                    Jessica Robinson [UK]

Finalist:                                          Christian Thomas [Germany]

Semi-finalists:                         Joo Ho Ahn [Germany]; Oliver Newton [UK]

WCS Points Qualifiers:           Jonas Koschel [Germany]; Gabriel Soussi [France]; Dinh-Kha Bui [Germany]



The World Finals

The highly anticipated tournament, returning for the first time since 2019, will take place on August 5-6 at the Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center) in Japan, featuring the best Duelists from across the globe. The Yu-Gi-Oh! WCS 2023 will feature three separate tournaments for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, Yu-Gi-Oh! DUEL LINKS and, for the first time ever, Yu-Gi-Oh! MASTER DUEL.

Our Thoughts

We love the thought of trying something like this some day.  Sitting in a tournament hall and even if we lose in the first round – its gonna be a journey.  Good luck to Jessica and the rest of Europe when they go to Tokyo in August.


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